Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween is finally here and if your kids are anything like mine they are probably bouncing off the walls as they countdown to Trick or Treating! Here are some helpful tips to keep this eve fun and safe for everyone.

FOR ADULTS

Drive Slowly. There are bound to be over excited kids out there who will forget to look both ways. Help them out by slowing down and staying focused.

Go With Your Kids. Kids under 10 should have an adult or a responsible teen walking with them. Bring a flashlight!

Plan Ahead. Have a route outlined with your children so they know how far you plan to go and when the fun is up. Have a meeting point designated or a plan if you get separated.

COSTUME SAFETY

Masks Vs. Makeup. Masks are not recommended, especially out in the dark, but if your superhero insists on donning one, make sure s/he can see clearly through and maintains her/his peripheral vision. If you are using make up, test a small spot ahead of time to make sure that your child’s skin won’t react to it.

Lagging Behind. Hike up that ballgown or cape! Make sure your child’s costume isn’t going to be a trip hazard as they go up and down driveways.

Prop Regrets. Swords, wands, and pixie dust really make the outfit, but odds are good that they will get lost somewhere along the way. Unless you are okay with carrying your child’s regretted props, leave them at home for pictures and post-Halloween dress up.

FOR THE KIDS

Slow down.

Look both ways.

Ask before eating.

Stick to the houses with lights on.

Stay on the porch – don’t go inside unless your parents are with you.

Remember to say Thank You!

 

And lastly, as it looks like it might be a wet, cold evening, bundle up! It wouldn’t be a true Canadian Halloween without that extra layer, eh?

This Weekend in London

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It’s Halloween weekend! They’re predicting the start of the cold weather this weekend, so keep warm and keep busy!

Westmount Shopping Centre Halloween

Westmount is celebrating Halloween indoors this Friday night from 5:00-800pm. Trick or Treat where it’s warm and dry! Most stores will be handing out candy while supplies last. This is a great place to take your little ones who aren’t yet ready to keep up with the big kids outside.

Kusterman’s Haunted Trail

Are your kids too old for Trick or Treating? Want to give them a good scare? Head out to Kusterman’s Family Farm for a frightening walk though the stalks and other spooky excitement this Friday, October 31 beginning at 7:00pm. $11/person, rated 14+.

Fright Night 5

Museum London is having their annual Fright Night event on Friday, October 31 at 9:00pm. Advanced tickets are sold out, but 100 tickets will be available at the door for $25, 19+ only. There will be live music, costume contest, Gallery tours, palm reading, photo booth and a candy bar.

Byron Craft Club Christmas Craft Sale

Nothing says “Halloween is over!” like the first Christmas craft sale of the season. If you are ready to compost those pumpkins and start hanging the holly head on down to the Byron Library on Saturday,November 1 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Admission is free.

Ignite Your Vision

Mompreneurs will want to take part in Ignite Your Vision 2014, hosted by London Mompreneurs at the Lamplighter Inn this Sunday, November 2 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets are $95/person, which includes breakfast and lunch.

Have a great weekend!

Halloween with Allergies

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For families dealing with food allergies, Halloween can be a frustrating time. The desire to let your kids share in the spoils of the season battle with the very real risks and dangers associated with accidental contamination. An American organization’s Halloween campaign is picking up steam here in Canada to combat this problem. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) have started the Teal Pumpkin Project asking people to buy or paint a teal pumpkin and have it somewhere prominent on display so that Trick or Treaters can easily spot it as they pass by. Displaying the teal pumpkin lets families know that you will have non-food items available for treat bags.

Don’t have any teal paint lying around? You’re not alone! While teal is the colour of food allergy awareness, it is not in my kids’ standard paint collection. An easy solution is to just print off a large version of the teal pumpkin on your home computer or find the teal crayon in that jumbo box of crayons you might have lying around and colour your own drawing. Stick it to the front door with the Teal Pumpkin label and you’re all set.

If you are worried about being the neighbourhood Halloween Scrooge without any candy to hand out, have both! Just be sure to keep them in separated bowls. Need some non-food ideas? Have a look at your nearest dollar store or dollar/seasonal section of Target/Walmart/party stores. We love these:

  • small containers of playdoh
  • small bubble bottles
  • pencils and/or erasers
  • vampire teeth
  • glow sticks or bracelets
  • stickers
  • spider rings
  • bookmarks
  • coins
  • crayons
  • necklaces
  • dinky cars

Will you be participating? What are you going to hand out?

BOO-seum at the London Children’s Museum

BOO-seum is coming to the London Children's Museum this Thursday!

The London Children’s Museum is having their annual Halloween party, BOO-seum! It is being held this Thursday, October 30th from 5:00 to 8:00pm.  This is an all ages event for the whole family!

There will be special Halloween decor throughout the entire museum and their 11 galleries, including a glow-in-the-dark room. Children can trick or treat in the Sifton Where You Live Gallery with the London Police Department, the London Fire Department, Canada Post and many more.

We all know how unpredictable Halloween night in London can be (remember the huge storm last year?), so this is a great opportunity to wear and show off those amazing costumes indoors where they will be seen and clean! There will be a costume contest with prizes to be awarded at the end of the night.

In addition to the usual adventures at the museum throughout the year, there will be spooktacular activities including decorating your own pumpkin, making applesauce, active Halloween games, and face painting. There will be special demonstrations with Spooky Science, the UWO paleontology department, and Kennedy’s Kridder’s, with his snakes, bugs and pig.

TICKETS are $10 per person, $5 for children under 12-23 months old, and free for babies under 12 months old. Tickets can be bought in advance by clicking HERE. FREE for Children’s Museum Members!

*please note that the museum will be CLOSED between 4-5pm on the day of the event to prepare the museum for the party.

It is going to be a great night!

 

It’s Time to Vote, London

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Today is the day that we vote for a new Mayor, new city council and new school board trustees. It is a big day for our city! If you are unsure who to vote for, please take a look at yesterday’s post regarding who is running for each position.

WHO CAN VOTE?

First and foremost, make sure that you are eligible to vote for this election. If you have received a voter’s card in the mail earlier this month, then you are on the voter’s list and all ready to vote. Bring the card to the location stated on the card today.

If you did not receive a card in the mail and are unsure as to whether or not you are on the voter’s list, check HERE. Even if you are NOT on the voter’s list, as long as you are eligible to vote (see above) you can still vote. Bring identification (an Ontario Driver’s Licence, an Ontario Health Card with photo, an Ontario Motor Vehicle Permit, a mortgage, rental or lease agreement, an insurance policy, or any document from a Band Council in Ontario) to your designated polling station and you can vote.

WHERE DO I VOTE?

The location of your polling station will be on your voter’s card that you received in the mail in early October. If you do not have a voter’s card, you can find your polling station by entering your address HERE. All voting locations should be accessible to people with disabilities (or strollers!). If you find that your location is not, please report this at the voting station.

WHEN DO I VOTE?

Advanced polls are closed. Voting happens today, Monday, October 27, 2014 between 10:00am and 8:00pm.

 

GOOD LUCK TO ALL CANDIDATES!

 

London Votes 2014

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Tomorrow, London will be voting for their new municipal government. For some Londoners, these are easy decisions that they are ready to cast their ballots for. For others, there is a lot of confusion surrounding the election and who to vote for. And for others still, the elections seem pointless. To those of you in the latter groups, we hope you take some time to read through this and find yourselves ready to vote on Monday. London needs to hear from you. Mothers have voices, mothers have opinions, let them be heard.

WHO CAN VOTE?

First and foremost, make sure that you are eligible to vote for this election. If you have received a voter’s card in the mail earlier this month, then you are on the voter’s list and all ready to vote. Bring the card to the location stated on the card tomorrow.

If you did not receive a card in the mail and are unsure as to whether or not you are on the voter’s list, check HERE. Even if you are NOT on the voter’s list, as long as you are eligible to vote (see above) you can still vote on Monday. Bring identification (an Ontario Driver’s Licence, an Ontario Health Card with photo, an Ontario Motor Vehicle Permit, a mortgage, rental or lease agreement, an insurance policy, or any document from a Band Council in Ontario) to your designated polling station and you can vote.

WHO DO I VOTE FOR?

While we cannot answer this for you, we can break down the categories and let you know your options.

MAYOR

The job of the Mayor is to be the head of the council and act as the CEO of the municipality. S/he provides guidance, advice and leadership to the council, presides over the council meetings and represents the municipality at official functions.

There are currently fourteen candidates on the ballot. The front runners going into election day are

Matt Brown

Paul Cheng

Steven Gardner (FB)

Tae Khun Ha

Arnon Kaplansky

Donna Kelley

Jim Kogelheide

Dan Lenart

Marie Miszczak

Alexander Main (FB)

Carlos Murray

Dennis Perry (twitter)

Ma’in Sinan

Joe Swan

 

CITY COUNCILLOR

The city has fourteen city Councillors. Their job, among other things, is to represent their ward, develop and evaluate the policies and programs of the municipality, and to maintain the financial integrity of the municipality.

The city has been divided into 14 wards and once Councillor will be elected per ward. Click HERE if you are unsure as to which ward you live in.

WARD ONE (centre east): James Beynen, Judy Carter, Bud Polhill, Michael van Holst

WARD TWO (east end): Bill Armstrong, Nancy McSloy, Steve Polhill 

WARD THREE (northeast): Bill Harris, Nick Masciotra, Mo Mohamed Salih, Garth Williams, Henry Zupanc

WARD FOUR (central northeast): Fiona Graham, Paul Pesach Gray, Jesse Helmer, Christina MacRae, Stephen Orser, George van der Schel

WARD FIVE (north central): Maureen Cassidy, Mike Fornelos, William Gordon, Steve Hogg, Stanley Koza, Kevin Labonte, Prashanth Thambipillai, Randy Warden

WARD SIX (north centre): Alasdair Beaton, Marie Blosh, Mike Bloxam, Cynthia Etheridge, Amir Farahi, Flavio Iannialice, Phil Squire,

WARD SEVEN (northwest): Osam Ali, Michael Esposito, Matthew Kennedy, Josh Morgan, Donna Szpakowski

WARD EIGHT (west): Paul Hubert, Thomas Risley

WARD NINE (far west, southwest): Ali Chahbar, Ed Corrigan, Doreen Gysbers, A. Eric Haidar, Anna Hopkins, Hank Minifie, Jeff Schiller

WARD TEN (central west): Virginia Ridley, Bradley Robichaud, Paul Van Meerbergen

WARD ELEVEN (central south): Denise Brown, Patrick Copps, Clive Jenkins, Joan Martin, Menno Meijer, Stephen Turner

WARD TWELVE (south): Peter Ferguson, Jesse Haidar, Harold Usher

WARD THIRTEEN (downtown): Kim Bardai, Chris Edgar, Elizabeth Efthymiadis, John Fyfe-Millar, Tanya Park, Gordon Saylor, David Winninger

WARD FOURTEEN (southeast): David Collier, Ali Hamadi, Steve Hillier, Sean M. O’Connell, Allan Tipping, Sandy E. White, Jared Zaifman

SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE

The school board trustees are locally-represented members of the school boards. They advocate on behalf of the community for public education. There are four boards: London District Catholic School Board, Thames Valley District School Board, Conseil scolaire Catholique Providence, and Conseil scolaire Viamonde. Your voting card will tell you which school board you are electing membership for.

LDCSB

WARD 1, 14 (one to be elected): Pedro Almeida, Kevin Barry

WARD 2, 3, 4 (one to be elected): Sandra Cruz, Raul Gonzales, Betty Wright

WARD 5, 6, 7 (one to be elected): Chris Bray, Nando Favaro, Arthur Macleod, Stephen Paul

WARD 8, 9, 10 (one to be elected): Linda Steel

WARD 11, 12, 13: (one to be elected): John Jevnikar, Roy D. Mantle

TVDSB

WARD 1, 11, 12, 14 (two to be elected): Knute Dohnberg, Frank Gerrits, Shawn Lewis, Chris Loblaw, Christine Morgan, Sherri Polhill, Ruth Tisdale

WARD 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (two to be elected): Shiv Chokhani, Michael Dawthorne, Peter Jaffe, Matthew Reid, Darlene Snyders, Eric Southern

WARD 7, 8, 9, 10, 13 (two to be elected): Chris Barton, Joyce Bennett, Kyle Case, Jerry Cripps, Dan Judson, Kathy Kaill, Linda Ludwar, Leroy Osburne, Brenda Ryan, Jake Skinner

CSCP

(one to be elected): George Le Mac

CSV

(one to be elected): Denise Alice Carter, Johanne R. Gray, Denis Trudel

 

Election discussion happens 24/7 in the forum!

Koats for Kids

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Every year the Boys and Girls Club of London collects and donates winter clothing to local children and youths. As the weather begins to change, the Boys and Girls Club is reaching out to Londoners and asking for help. Every year more than 5000 pieces of winter wear are handed out to kids who would otherwise be going without. After a winter like last year, it is hard to imagine going without a warm coat and mitts. This is the last week to drop off any donations you have before they are handed out. Take some time this weekend to clean out your closets and spread the warmth.

WHAT IS NEEDED: new or gently used winter coats, snow pants, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and boots, all sizes.

WHERE TO DONATE: Coats and warm items can be dropped off at the Boys and Girls Club up until Halloween, Friday, October 31, at 184 Horton Street. Additional drop off locations can be found HERE. Donations will be accepted at alternative locations until Monday, October 27.

IF YOU NEED A COAT: If your child is in need of a winter coat, drop by the Boys and Girls Club on November 1, 9am to 4pm or November 2, 10am to 2pm. There will be one coat per child, while supplies last. ID is required for each child. There are no coats for adults.

If you have any questions, please call the Boys and Girls Club (519) 434-9114 ext. 241

StorySpook Village

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StoryBook Gardens has had a spooky makeover!

Beginning tonight from 6:00-8:30pm and happening every evening until October 30, StoryBook Gardens is creating some hauntingly good fun. This is a great introduction to Halloween adventures in a safe and familiar environment or a warm up for the big day. Your kids will love the haunted castle! Dress them up in costumes and let them Trick or Treat with characters throughout the park at different stations. If weather permits, have some fun on the Leaping Lily Pad, amusement park rides and Super Slides!

ADMISSION to the event is $15 for children 12 months and over. Children under 12 months and adults are FREE with a paid child’s admission.

This annual event is one of the highlights of the week before Halloween. Don’t miss it!

Talking to Children About Tragedy

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This week, Canada has had what our Prime Minister has labelled as two acts of terror committed on our own soil. It is hard enough for us, as adults, to process and understand the motives of such acts, never mind how to explain it to our children. The media coverage is pervasive and deciding what you should and should not allow your children to see/read/hear can depend on their age and personality. If you are struggling with what to say and how to say it, please read through these links:

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage

Helping Children Cope with Terrorism

Helping Kids Cope with Media Coverage of War and Traumatic Events

Talking to Kids About Terrorism or Acts of War

Today, we are grieving for the families and friends of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo. We are grateful for the brave men and women who intervened to help the victims and stop the attacks. We are standing proudly in unity for our beautiful country.

This Weekend in London

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It’s a weekend full of ghouls and ghosts as the countdown to Halloween is on!

Here is our rundown of what is happening October 24-26:

Blue Suede Shoes

Elvis is rocking the main stage at the Grand Theatre now through November 1. With tickets starting at just $29.95 you can sing along with the world champion Elvis impersonator Roy LeBlanc as he relives the life and career of Elvis Presley.

The London Baby Expo

It’s back at the Western Fair District’s Progress Building on October 25, 9am to 4pm and 26, 10am to 3pm. Admission is $7, children under 12 are free. There will be plenty of door prizes at this event which features exhibits and sponsors to guide you from bump through childhood.

VegFest

A vegan festival is coming to the Western Fair District’s Canada Building this Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Admission and parking is free for this event for the whole family. Come eat delicious food from their many vendors, explore clean living, watch cooking demonstrations, learn about animal rights and let your children try out free yoga classes or play in the children’s activity area.

The Great Eldon House Ghost Hunt

Is this old London landmark haunted? Come find out from 1-4pm on Sunday. The whole family is invited, $5 per person.

Octoberfest

The German Canadian Club is celebrating this annual tradition Friday and Saturday. Advanced tickets are $15 or $20 at the door.

Do you have any big plans this weekend? Want me to talk about your event? Let me know anytime  jill@londonmoms.ca